The Living F.R.E.E. Lab is a research group focused on developing and evaluating interventions to treat and prevent disordered eating behaviors and obesity among women of color and those experiencing poverty.

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We have some great people working with Living F.R.E.E. Lab.

Our team is comprised of social work and public health researchers, and graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill.


We work hard to conduct research to improve eating behaviors.

Our most recent projects have been focused on reducing binge eating and preventing weight gain in Black women experiencing obesity.


We are always looking for people to become involved in the work at Living F.R.E.E. Lab.

Interested in participating in one of our research studies? Interested in joining the Living F.R.E.E. Lab team?


What is Sick Enough?

I’m standing on the starting line and I’m not thinking about the race I’m about to run. I’m not thinking about how tired I am or how weak I feel. I’m thinking about the size of the legs of the girls on the line next to me. I’m thinking about how much bigger my legs […]

Food-Related Stressors During Thanksgiving

The end-of-the-year holiday season is officially upon us! Whether or not you consider yourself festive, this time of the year inevitably comes with social gatherings centered around food. The purpose of this post is to share the effects Thanksgiving can have for people who have a difficult time around food and some tips to help […]

The Genetics Behind Binge-Eating Disorder

Millions of individuals struggle with binge-eating disorder (BED), characterized by overeating during periods marked with loss of control and followed by lasting distress and guilt. These struggles are highly misunderstood and commonly attributed to a lack of self-discipline and restraint, rather than a true neuropsychiatric eating disorder. Contrary to this belief, BED is a severe […]

Research Studies


The Feasibility of a Binge Eating Intervention in Black Women with Obesity

The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility of Appetite Awareness Training in a sample of Black women with overweight and obesity.


Reducing Binge Eating to Prevent Weight Gain in Black Women: A Pilot Study

The purpose of this study is to examine if Appetite Awareness Training has the potential to reduce binge eating and prevent weight gain over 6 months.


Exploring the “Why” Behind the Binge Eating Behaviors of Black Women

The purpose of this study is to examine the factors affecting the binge eating behaviors of Black women.